First-time candidate Todd Kaminsky reported raising more than $180,000 over the last two-and-a-half months for his campaign to represent Long Island’s 20th Assembly District. The former federal prosecutor has nearly $150,000 on-hand as he continues to build momentum for the general election.
The Kaminsky campaign also filed petition signatures with the Board of Elections to represent both the Democratic and Working Families parties on the November ballot, when South Shore residents will choose a new Assemblymember to fill the seat of retiring Assm. Harvey Weisenberg. Weisenberg has endorsed Kaminsky in the race.
“I am humbled by the incredible support the campaign has received in just a short few months—in dollars, volunteer hours, and organizing effort across the district,” Kaminsky said. “Post Sandy, the people of the 20th District need Albany to work for them now more than ever. Storm recovery must move faster; taxes must go down; and serious infrastructure improvements must be made. I am grateful for the broad support our campaign has gathered so far and am excited to build on this momentum through the election in November and into Albany, where we can deliver results on storm recovery, taxes, and other pressing issues for the South Shore.”
Todd Kaminsky has brought some of New York’s worst criminals to justice, and advocated tirelessly for Long Island’s South Shore. As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials who used taxpayer dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, as well as drug kingpins and other major felons.
Todd’s successful prosecutions include State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, and notorious gangster James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. For his role in the Rosemond case, Todd was given the True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.
Todd began his career as a prosecutor in the Queens District Attorney’s office, prosecuting domestic violence cases, robberies, shootings, and other violent crimes.
As a community advocate, Todd has worked vigorously in support of the South Shore. He organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens of thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents. For his efforts, Todd was awarded the Community Service Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center’s Sandy Relief Service Award.
Todd’s commitment to public service is inspired by his grandparents, who collectively served 40 years on the Long Beach Board of Education. His mother and grandmother were also teachers in the Long Beach School District.
He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
Todd and his wife, Ellen, have been married since 2010. They live in Long Beach, where he grew up. v